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Old 04-29-2013, 12:16 AM   #1
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Orange colored worm - what to do?

I had been mucking around in my tank this weekend you can tell. I also bought some corals. And one frag was too big so I broke it in half, and in the rock was an orange colored worm. It had no bristles, and I tried to pull it out with a tweezer but it slinked out of the tweezer and into the other half of the rock.

So I am keeping that frag in a bucket of salt water with the worm in it until I figure out what to do. I could remove all the ZOA polyps and reglue them but that will not only be painful I'm sure I'd lose some of them.

my question is, is it bad for the corals or fishes? I was looking up at the gross marine warm ID photos and none fit this worm. It was long and smooth like an earth worm but bright orange color.
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Get some coralrx or do a freshwater dip. It'll come out.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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oh hey that's a good idea. thanks!
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The water dip worked to perfection. It crawled out and died! or passed out. been flushed down. Awesome!
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Yeah but what are these worms? I have one in my refugium. Is it really necessary to get rid of it?
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Yeah but what are these worms? I have one in my refugium. Is it really necessary to get rid of it?
Can you take a pic for us?
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This is a good page on stuff in your aquaria. I think it's a bristleworm.

How to Identify Worms in Your Reef Aquarium
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By the way I'm using water dip to get rid of fungus too.

I made the mistake of reading some threads saying you don't need to acclimatize soft corals. duhhh... WRONG! that's how I got fungus on my new frags of zoas. 5 days later, a lot of them had fungus... fresh water dip got the fungus off them. will it stop them? I don't know.
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More than likely it was a bristle worm. They are harmless and great janitors. I have many in my tank.
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